A Letter from Komen Upper Cumberland

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Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you again so very much for your generosity and continued support of the Upper Cumberland Komen affiliate and its mission to end breast cancer forever. The donation of passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse helped the tournament committee double our proceeds from last year’s inaugural event and assist more women in this area.

We were blessed with beautiful weather and enthusiastic teams Aug. 17, all of whom left well fed and happy to have been a part of a event that supports the women of this region in gaining access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings. The Upper Cumberland Susan G. Komen affiliates uses 75 percent of all money raised to support grant programs for women in the Upper Cumberland. Currently, Komen Upper Cumberland supports free mammogram grants at Cumberland Medical Center, as well as breast health education and survivorship programs across the 14-county region. In fact, since its inception in 2006, the Upper Cumberland affiliate has granted more than $644,000 to area hospitals, nonprofit organizations and the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Network.

The remaining 25 percent of funds raised supports ground-breaking breast cancer research. Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer, with more early detection, more effective treatments, more hope, more research and more survivors. About 70 percent of women age 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early. And that’s the goal—find and diagnose breast cancer early when treatment can be more effective. Today, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 98 percent and there are about 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Your support makes a difference in this community, across the region and across the country. Thank you, again!

Sincerely,

Heather Mullinix

© 2015 Heather Mullinix
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